Christina Aguilera: biography
Christina Aguilera is an American singer and songwriter, Grammy Winner. Aguilera has become famous as a dancer and gained popularity in the film and television industry. Christina Aguilera has worked as an actress and TV host, as well as a film director. The singer is famous not only for her creative skills, Aguilera is engaged in philanthropy and she is the UN Goodwill Ambassador.
Christina Aguilera was born in the southern part of New York, in Staten Island. Her father, Fausto Xavier Aguilera, an immigrant from Ecuador, was a professional soldier. The mother, Shelly Loraine Fidler, was a former violinist and pianist as well as the member of the American Youth Symphony. By her eldest daughter's birth, she had already given up her stage career and became a teacher of Spanish at school. Christina has the sister Rachel who is six years younger.
Little Christina’s childhood cannot be called carefree, primarily because her father was very authoritarian and his despotism suppressed both wife and children. Shelly took the children and filed for divorce a year after the birth of her youngest daughter. She moved into her mother’s home in Pennsylvania.
Christina has, apparently, got musical talent from her mother. The girl began to show herself as a gifted singer very early. The creative biography of the young artist began in a junior school.
At the age of eight, the girl took second place in the kid’s Star Search contest, signing a rather complex composition by Whitney Houston The Greatest Love of All. The next notable success was the signing of the national anthem of the USA at the opening of sports games in Pittsburgh. At that time, Christine was 11 years old. A year later, the famous American TV show Mickey Mouse Club was launched, and young Aguilera became one of its participants, along with such future stars as Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling and others.
The heavy workload and a lot of activities on the show made Aguilera drop out of the school in the 8th grade and concentrate on her own career. A greater amount of free time systematically transpired into an increased number of projects with the participation of the young singer. Aguilera performed in Japan and Romania, wrote the song "Reflection" for the Disney animated film Mulan. This soundtrack was so successful that it was nominated for the Golden Globe and brought Aguilera the first professional contract with the recording studio RCA Records.
In 1997, the singer first appeared in another artist’s single as a guest star. Aguilera performed the song "All I Wanna Do" with Keizo Nakanishi.
In 1998, the singer presented the first music video for her own single "Reflection".
In 1999, Christina Aguilera released the debut album called Christina Aguilera. It immediately became popular, and the single "Genie in a Bottle" was the best hit not only in America but also in 14 countries. The song peaked for 5 consecutive weeks in the most famous music Billboard chart. The second single "What a Girl Wants" not only repeated the fate of the first song but also became the major commercial success of the year. Thanks to these hits, Christina Aguilera's first album became 10 times platinum and brought the singer Grammy, ASCAP Pop Music, BMI, Blockbuster, Ivor Novello, and Teen Awards.
In 2000, Christina released the Spanish-language album Mi Reflejo. It mostly repeated the first record, but the songs were performed in Spanish. There were also 5 new songs. The disc did not have much commercial success in the US, but it was recognized in the Spanish-speaking countries and got the Latin Grammy Award as the best album of the year.
The same year, the Christmas album My Kind of Christmas was also released. It is interesting that the album hit the top 30, even though there were no promotional singles.
In 2001, Aguilera together with Pink, Mya and Lil Kim made a real sensation by recording a cover version of the famous song "Lady Marmalade" as a soundtrack to the movie Moulin Rouge. The song and the quartet got the Grammy Award, the music video was called the best video of the year in many countries, and the single topped all world charts for many weeks.
The same year Aguilera was invited to perform the single with her colleague. The artist sang "Nobody Wants to Be Lonely" in a duet with Ricky Martin. The singer also participated in the recording of two charity compositions "What's Going On" and "El Último Adiós".
It was hard to record the next album Stripped, the release was postponed several times, but in October 2002 it did take place. A heartbreak song "Dirrty" won the Q Awards, and the romantic ballad "Beautiful" became not only the Grammy Winner but also most titled Aguilera’s song.
Two more singles from this album such as the song "Fighter" and the feminist anthem "Can’t Hold Us Down" could reach the top of the world charts.
Fans had to wait four years for the new album. In 2006, the album Back to Basics was released, and three songs became hits - "Ain’t no Other Man", "Hurt" and "Candyman". Then there was a four-year break again.
Nevertheless, the release of the first collection of Aguilera’s hits "Keeps Getting’ Better: A Decade of Hits" in 2008 made a long break shorter.
The album Bionic appeared only in 2010. It was in the style of synth-pop. The album includes the previously released singles "You Lost Me" and "I Hate Boys", the song "Woohoo", recorded with the participation of Nicki Minaj, and the song "Not Myself Tonight", which was certified gold by the Australian Recording Industry Association.
This disc caused a curious incident because the public received it without enthusiasm, and this album still remains the most commercially unsuccessful, but critics called it the peak of the singer's creativity.
Perhaps, the reason was that Aguilera, along with singer Cher, worked simultaneously on the musical Burlesque, where she played one of the main roles. The CD with the songs from this show was much more successful than the released album.
In 2011, Christina Aguilera performed the song "Moves Like Jagger" together with Maroon 5 for the album Hands All Over. The single became eleven times platinum in Australia, eight times platinum in Canada, six times platinum in the US and received several platinum awards in a dozen countries.
Another track, where Aguilera was again a guest star, was slightly less popular. In 2012, Christina sang the song "Feel This Moment" with Pitbull for his album Global Warming. The track was certified four times platinum in Canada, triple-platinum in Australia, twice- platinum in Mexico.
Aguilera's latest studio album is Lotus, which was released in 2012 and had a moderate success. It took the 7th place in the American chart, the popularity of the record in Europe was even smaller.
In 2013, Aguilera presented the latest music video for the solo song "Let There Be Love". The same year, three more videos were released for Christina Aguilera’s songs, which she performed in duets with other musicians.
The fans saw music videos of the tracks "Feel This Moment", recorded together with Pitbull, "Hoy Tengo ganas de ti", performed together with Alejandro Fernández, and "Say Something", which Aguilera recorded along with A Great Big World.
In total, the artist has presented more than three dozen music videos, Christina Aguilera has appeared as a guest performer in eight clips.
In 2014, Aguilera worked on Lady Gaga's single "Do What U Want" together with this bodacious singer.
Despite the low sales of the last two albums, Christina Aguilera is among the most successful performers of the new millennium. Rolling Stone magazine included the name of the singer on its list of 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. Christina Aguilera has become the youngest participant of this rating.
Christina Aguilera was involved in a romantic relationship with a dancer of her troupe Jorge Santos. In 2001, the singer made a tattoo on the belly as a sign of a close relationship with the dancer. Aguilera and Santos created together with its design. The same year, Christina made a tattoo on her left wrist. It was a Celtic symbol of eternal love and friendship.
The artists' relationship lasted for two years, but the couple broke up after Santos decided to leave the dancing career and become a music manager. Christina dedicated two songs "Underappreciated" and "Infatuation" to her boyfriend.
In 2002, the singer tattooed her neck with her own name in a calligraphic font.
In 2002, Aguilera met producer Jordan Bratman. The artist also made a tattoo in honor of these relations. The inscriptions in Spanish and in Hebrew on the left forearm of the singer state a confession of love and the initials of her beloved one.
Aguilera and Bratman dated for 3 years, then Jordan made a marriage proposal, and they married. Aguilera’s tattoo on the back became a wedding gift of the singer to her husband. Christina tattooed a quote from the Song of Songs on the body. The phrase is written in Hebrew and it means "I belong to my beloved one, and my beloved man belongs to me".
In 2008, the couple had a son, Max Liron Bratman. After five years of marriage, Aguilera and Bratman divorced but remained good friends.
Nowadays, Christina lives in a common-law marriage with actor Matthew Rutler. She met him on the set of the musical Burlesque. In February 2014, the couple announced an engagement, and six months later they had a daughter, Summer Rain Rutler.
Christina Aguilera has an account on Instagram. The singer's page is not personal, the actress has the Xtina nickname, but despite this, Instagram verified the account and confirmed that the page is not a fake. The singer posts selfies, photos with children and friends, video from parties and friendly meetings. The actress does not hide her private life and does not embellish photos.
The ordinary and simple account of the popular singer is not popular with all fans. Critics of Aguilera’s appearance are sure that the actress is overweight. Christina’s weight is 54 kg with the height of 153-156 cm. At the beginning of her career, the singer weighed 47 kg. She periodically keeps a diet and grows thin, and then gains weight, thus, attracts the attention of the press.
In an interview, Aguilera admits that she loves her own body. According to the singer, Christina feels comfortable in any weight.
In 2007, Christina Aguilera founded her own perfume company Christina Aguilera, which regularly produces perfumes for women. The first fragrance of the brand was Christina Aguilera. The perfume was in demand, and Aguilera started releasing a new fragrance once a year.
In 2008, the Inspire perfume was released, in 2009 the singer again released the aroma, Christina Aguilera by Night, and continued this trend in 2010, presenting Christina Aguilera Royal Desire. In 2011, the brand launched the Secret Potion perfume, the Red Sin fragrance in 2012, Unforgettable in 2013, Unforgettable in 2013, and Woman in 2014.
Christina Aguilera now
In 2016, Christina Aguilera presented the single "Change", which so far remains without an album. The singer does not tell the name of the new album and does not specify whether the single will enter the future disc or not.
In August 2016, the television drama series The Get Down appeared on TV screens, and Aguilera’s single "Telepathy" became the soundtrack of the series.
In February 2017, Christina Aguilera’s perfume brand released a new Glam X fragrance.
- 1999 – Christina Aguilera
- 2000 – Mi Reflejo
- 2000 – My Kind of Christmas
- 2002 – Stripped
- 2006 – Back to Basics
- 2008 – Keeps Gettin’ Better: A Decade of Hits
- 2010 – Bionic
- 2010 – Burlesque
- 2012 – Lotus